The Theory of Memes

Our next meeting will be held on 9. January 2017 at 8pm in the Café der Provinz.
There Annie will present the theory of memes.

Please prepare and read and go through the provided information below.

Level 1
Read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme
or watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iHZi-z7H4o

Level 2
Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV9WEqLeBuo
or with this video with some additional theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ_9-Qx5Hz4

Level 3
Read the book Dawkins – The Selfish Gene for more detaild information

Gain-of-Function research

At our next meeting on 12.12. we will discus the topic of gain-of-function research.

Before going into the problem, I would like to remind you that my aim in presenting this topic is not to talk about details of procedures in this type of research, but rather to make it possible for you to have an ethical discussion on its justifiability.

Level 1
Read this short blog entry on GoF research giving little introduction, but focusing mainly on issues of publicizing these studies.
https://blogs.kcl.ac.uk/icsa/2016/01/11/gain-of-function-research-what-is-it-and-why-should-we-care/

Read this article explaining a bit of general aspects of GoF research and also giving suggestions on how the EU should approach the issue.
easac_gof_web_complete_centred

Level 2
Read this summary of a workshop held in 2014 explaining background, benefits and risks in a bit more detail.
https://www.nap.edu/read/21666/chapter/1

Level 3
Listen to this very long, very detailed Gain of Function Symposium held in March 2016, explaining and discussing very many details on the subject. (If you really want to listen to someone explaining the issue, I would suggest watching the session2:overview and/or the workshop summary video)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBeoZcQRZ800s3bP2yJrFEw

Or read the also very long transcript of days 1 and 2 of the symposium.
https://de.scribd.com/document/307210831/GOF-2-Symposium-Day-1-Transcript